Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Through the Community Contributor Program, universities and colleges will provide services, including parking spaces that are essential to VANOC’s overall transportation plan and Park and Ride program for spectators using the Olympic Bus Network to travel to venues in Whistler from Vancouver. Schools will also provide classroom space for training volunteers and other members of the VANOC workforce. In addition, students, some staff and faculty from participating universities and colleges will be available for co-op, internship and volunteer opportunities with VANOC.
In exchange for their support, Community Contributors receive a wide range of domestic rights and benefits that create a close association with the Games including various advertising, promotional and workforce opportunities, such as a volunteer recruitment symposium provided by VANOC on the campus of each participating university and college.
VANOC is also working closely with participating universities and colleges to connect students with the Paralympic Winter Games. VANOC hopes to raise awareness of and enthusiasm for adaptive sport, enhance the appreciation of the remarkable abilities of Paralympic athletes and increase disability awareness and the importance of accessibility.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The ski descent, which is the highlight of the two month expedition, is expected to take five hours. The descent has a vertical of almost 3100 metres and has very steep sections of up to 50 degrees inclination.
At the moment we are stuck in base camp and all we can do is to wait for the weather to change. I’m getting a bit of déjà vu from last year on Dhaulagiri. Acclimatization climbs passed by without any problems but as soon as I‘m ready for the summit the weather changes totally. Last year it was a week of snowfall that stopped me, this year the jet stream has taken over the mountain. For about a week now it’s been around 90 km/h wind up on 8000 meters and that is no place for us to be in those conditions.
Instead we get to hang out in base camp. So how is life in the camp? My home is a big four man tent that I got all to myself. My down sleeping mattress is possible to convert into a nice and comfy chair. That’s where I spend most of my time. Either listening to music, reading a good book or just enjoying the amazing view from my tent. Our tent site is not very exciting. It’s made up of ice, sand and rocks and it’s very uneven. But the mountains surrounding our camp are very impressive. It’s an amphi-theatre of beautiful peaks, from “The Fake Jannu” in the north via Kangbacken, Yalung Kang, Kangchenjunga to Talung and Kabru in the south. They are all rising 2000 meters higher than we are. That view is hard to beat.
When I’m not in my tent I’m eating food. Jörgen and I have our own kitchen crew here in base camp. Buddhi, Kansha and Mon are making sure we are stuffed after breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are a good crew. Not only are they cooking good food but they are also laughing at our jokes (we paid extra for that).
Anyway after a week in base camp I’m getting restless and I’m hoping that the wind will calm down soon so that we can pack our gear and head up on the mountain again. This time we will try for the summit of Kangchenjunga (8586m).
Monday, October 27, 2008
Just the week before, from 23rd to 24th October, 180 riders from 20 nations had the possibility to show their skills in the FIS Snowboard European Cup (halfpipe).
Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, one of the most scenically beautiful and diverse valleys in the Valais and in the Alps. This car-free village, nestling amongst glaciers and mountains, with their typical old Valais wooden houses create the perfect setting for winter holidays, deserving of its name "Pearl of the Alps".
Sunday, October 26, 2008
After four days of uphill the extreme skiers Fredrik Ericsson and Jörgen Aamot enjoyed skiing on the "Second Glacier".
"Skiing at last
Back in base camp again after a second acclimatization climb on Kangchenjunga. This time it took us only eight hours, instead of four days, to climb the 1000 vertical meters up to Camp 1 at 6250 meters. Being better acclimatized and having a trail to follow makes a big difference.
The weather has been identical to last week. We've had sunshine in the morning and clouds and snowfall in the afternoon. We are happy that we have marked the route with willow wands (bamboo sticks), that way we could easily find the way to C1 even if it was bad visibility almost half the way up there.
The route from "The Hump" (C1) up to "The Great Shelf" (C2) goes down for about a hundred meters then up what we call "The Second Glacier", a steep snow slope with lots of Seracs and Crevasses. Very similar to "The First Glacier" that goes up to C1.
Being a bit lazy and too comfortable in our sleeping bags we were not very quick out of the tent in the mornings. That way we didn't get far before clouds and snowfall stopped us at lunchtime. To our defense: we can feel the winter coming and the nights are getting colder ;). With this pace it took us three days from C1 to 6950 meters (almost "The Great Shelf") where we found a nice ridge to set camp on.
At this moment the weather changed and it got very windy. According to Meteotest, that are doing our weather forecasts, the wind was 90 km/h at 8000 meters. Maybe a bit less where we were, but still enough. After a stormy night and when the wind didn't decline the next day we decided to return to BC.
After four days of uphill it was then time for skiing. It felt good to step into the bindings after a long summer and a lot of uphill on this trip. "The Second Glacier" is a nice slope for skiing. It has everything from low angle traverses to 50 degrees sections. Unfortunately the snow wasn't great this time but the scenery made up for that. Anyway, skiing on the slopes of Kangchenjunga was a special feeling.
Both Jörgen and I are in good mood and are acclimatizing well. We are now ready for the summit push and as soon as we get a weather forecast giving us four days of nice weather we will go for it. Stay tuned for more news from Kangchenjunga".
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Yesterday the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – took place took place in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden.
At 6:30 pm, the Krone World Cup Party was held in the Postplatz square in Sölden village center.
Finally, closing a long day, the Frozen Fire World Cup Party took place in the Aqua Dome Tirol Therme Längenfeld opening officially the winter season.
This afternoon, starting at 7:00 pm, a new kind of side-event will take place in the Freizeit Arena: the Worldcup "Oktoberfest", live music and entertainment by Jetzendorfer Hinterhofmusikanten and DJ RM.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November trough May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.
FIS has launched a new website focused on the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. The website is now online at http://www.fisalpineworldcup.com/.
Friday, October 24, 2008
I saw this item in the web (Italy: A South Tyrol hay bath) and I want to share it with you.
The Vigilius Mountain Resort, located in Lana in the province of Bozen and accessible exclusively by cable car, blends into the larch woods of the car-free Vigiljoch Mountain at 1500 metres altitude with a spectacular view of the Dolomites and the surrounding alpine scenery. True to the motto of its architect Matteo Thun – "eco not ego" – in 2005 the vigilius mountain resort received from the Italian WWF the special award "Panda d’Oro" for its ecological role-model function. The same year, the resort became the first Climate House A in the Italian hotel business. One year later, in 2006, the vigilius was bestowed the sought-after environmental award "Premio all’Innovazione amica dell’Ambiente" from the Italian environment association Legambiente.
Merano Thermal Baths, opened in 2005, is the new oasis of wellbeing offering Merano’s old spa traditions in a modern and innovative interpretation. "Treatments courtesy of Mother Nature in South Tyrol" is the motto, and local natural produce plays a key role in the health and feel-good offering at Merano Thermal Baths. In particular Südtirol produce provides the raw materials used for the various applications and the Merano Thermal Baths proprietary line of bodycare products, with apples, grapes, whey, wool and herbs all sourced in the region.
The Interior design of Merano Thermal Baths is the work of Milan’s star architect Matteo Thun. He has attracted worldwide attention with his exciting architecture and was recently admitted to New York’s Hall of Fame. The architect’s aim in Merano was "to create a natural oasis in the heart of the town" and "to employ shapes and materials to evoke memories of the primeval strength of water".
Merano Thermal Baths employ state-of-the-art environmental engineering in order to economize on energy and above all water. Significant annual savings are achieved with the help of the following technologies: low-temperature heating system, combined heat and power plant (which permits electricity to be generated and the process heat to be utilized at the same time), absorption cooling plant and heat recovery system. Wherever potable water is not necessary, including all the toilets, the water is taken from two deep wells located in the grounds of the thermal baths.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The $1 billion project will transform the 9.5-acre site, currently known as West LionsHead, into a truly "green" multi-use resort village consisting of residences, a hotel, offices, retail shops and restaurants, mountain operations facilities, a public parking garage, a new gondola and related skier portal and a public park. The name, "Ever Vail", was thoughtfully chosen to reflect the project’s guiding principle of sustainability – that is, pairing Vail Mountain’s enduring preeminent position in the resort industry with an ongoing commitment to minimize the Company’s foot print on the land.
"Being awarded the highest level of green building certification by the U.S. Green Building Council speaks to the commitment Vail Resorts has to the environment and to the dedication, hard work and creativity of our Company's development design team," said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "Once completed, Ever Vail will become an iconic example in the U.S. for not only sustainable mountain resort development, but for offering an exceptional employee, resident and guest experience at the nation's premier ski destination".
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Best season for 4 years, 2007/08 has seen a 18.4% rise in the visitation of the Swiss ski resorts, compared to the former season. 28.7 million skiers days were recorded. The total turnover experienced a nearly identical rise. The resort of Davos-Klosters stands at the top of the list this year, exceeding, with along with Zermatt in Valais, the million and half skiers days.
9.8 and 8.0 million skiers days, in rise of 11.8% and 9.6% compared to the former season. The most spectacular rises were observed in the cantons which experienced a rather catastrophic situation in 2006/07. Thus, Bern sees a progression of 22.5% and the canton of Vaud of 34.3%. These improvements must however be mitigated. If of course all areas get better than the former season, the comparison with two former seasons, showing a more usual profile, emphasizes that the canton of Vaud and the other small players are in fact recluse in a decline of their visitation. This is mainly due to the slowdown of the small resorts of medium altitude.
The question remains to know if it is really about a long-term tendency or if a certain turnaround is still possible".
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
During the whole weekend you can enjoy the big afterparties all over Neustift for those, who have not had enough activity during the day and are still motivated to celebrate.
Stubai is Austria's largest Glacier Skiing Area. From 1,750 to 3,210 metres above sea level, the winter fun already begins at the start of October and lasts until june. Optimum conditions on the slopes are ensured by the natural snow on the glacier bed and state-of-the-art snowmaking facilities close by. You can enjoy 110 km of pistes served by a modern web of 25 modern cableways and lifts.
Monday, October 20, 2008
CEO Zermatt Bergbahnen Christen Baumann explains how it works: "To put it simply it works like a freezer. The temperature of the surrounding air is irrelevant. In a closed container with a diameter of 3.2m and a height of 10m, water is exposed to a vacuum without any additives. A small portion vaporizes, the remaining water freezes to snow, which is afterwards expelled at a rate of about 40 cubic metres every hour. The snow produced has the consistency of a wet spring snow". IDE’s All Weather Snowmaker is a unique, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient solution. The energy it requires for a year is the equivalent to that of one household.
The new snow machine, which is produced in Israel, had a delivery period of one year and costs around CHF 2 million (EUR 1.19 million).
Sunday, October 19, 2008
"Route to Camp 1!
Climbing an 8000-meter peak is a time consuming project. Not only can it be a long and demanding approach to the foot of the mountain but you also need to spend weeks to get used to the altitude (acclimatize) to be able to climb the mountain. In total Jörgen and I are spending two month to be able to climb and ski on Kangchenjunga.
This Autumn Jörgen and I are the only climbers on the south side of Kangchenjunga. Normally the base camps on the 8000ers are crowded with climbers and on the mountain there are fixed ropes all along the routes. Being alone is great, it gives a more adventurous touch to it. We get to go up on the mountain all by ourselves to search and find a nice and safe route to climb (and ski). I can almost imagine what it was like for the British climbers that first climbed Kangchenjunga in 1955.
From our base camp at 5100 meters we have about 3500 meters up to the summit of the mountain and we will use three camps on the way. During the last four days Jörgen and I have been working our way up to our first camp. It is located at about 6200 meters on a ridge that was named “The Hump” by the first ascensionists. The route goes on a fairly steep glacier that is cracked up by crevasses (cracks) and seracs (ice walls) that we have to navigate around. The routefinding was a bit tricky and the weather didn’t cooperate with us either. Each day it was clear and sunny in the morning but after a only few hours clouds pulled in and it started snowing. Needing good visibility to move higher up we could only manage to ascend a few hundred meters a day. We spent one night at camp one before we returned to base camp. Four days up, three hours down.
Having a good route up to C1 and the fact that Jörgen and I seem to acclimatize well we are getting good confidence for the future. At the moment we are resting in base camp before we are heading up the mountain to continue our acclimatization and trying to figure out the route to Camp 2 at 7000 meters. More news when we are back from C2".
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The cities of Grenoble, Annecy and Nice have already stated their intention to bid to host the Games. Grenoble looks in a good position though it is rare for the same city to organise the games twice. The mayor of Grenoble Michel Destot said the town would emphasize its strong Olympic history with the hope of being nominated as hosts next year. "Grenoble has a strong Olympic past", Destot said. "It hosted the 10th winter Olympics in 1968 and has retained its faith in the Games. The decision of the CNOSF was not a big surprise but very good news that we had been hoping for for the last two years". Grenoble's bid was ratified officially at a meeting on October 6.
Serandour added that none of the three bidding host cities could take anything for granted.
"If what we are looking for does not correspond with the cities' dossier, we could very well say 'no,'" said Serandour, who added the same system used by the International Olympic Committee for selecting candidates would be used by the CNOSF. The study of the bid documents will be done by international experts with ensuing costs of up to 100,000 euros to be covered by the bidding cities. The host city will be unveiled in March 2009.
Friday, October 17, 2008
On Saturday 18th, 40 highly motivated amateurs and Pro's who didn’t make it on the invited list will have the chance to compete against some wellknown names and pro invited riders at the Big Park mini shred Contest for the title "KTO Rocker 2008".
The KTO mini shred amateur contest will take place on sunday, October 19th and special prices and goodies are waiting for the winners.
On the Testcenter more than 30 companies (ACG, Adidas, Anon, Atomic, blue tomato, Bonfire, Burton, Dainese, Deeluxe, Elan, Flow, Forum, F2, Head, Jeenyus, K2, Nitro, Palmer, Pha:macy, Red, Ride, risk' n' fun, Rossignol, Salomon, Scott, Snowboardklinik, SP-Bindings and Völkl) are introducing approximately 3000 new products to test for free at 3000 metres height.
Some wellknown names from the austrian and international music scene (Russkaja, Texta, Failsafe, Viva La Muerte and DJ Dexter) will guarantee two outstanding parties on Friday and Saturday in the party tent in Feichten.
International Movie Presentations will be also available in the party tent in Feichten: Absinthe Films with Ready, Headbud Productions with Aestivation, Matchstick Productions with Claim, Pirate Movie Production with Overseas and Isen7 with Teenage Love Graffiti.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Touratel is a free map service for skiers, snowboarders, hikers, hunters, anglers, mountain bikers, canoeists or others who enjoy the outdoors. USGS maps are available in 1:24,000, 1:100:000 and 1:250,000 scales for all U.S. States. NRCan maps are available in 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 scales for all Canadian Provinces.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Starting in 1997, Aspen Skiing Company pioneered ski industry purchases of wind power, when we ran the Cirque lift on 100% wind power. From 2006 to 2008 the Company purchased renewable energy credits equivalent to our electricity use.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
- Andorra: Grandvalira, Vallnord.
- Austria: Alpbach, Kitzbuhel, Otztal, Seefeld, Wolfgangsee, Wilder Kaiser, Wildschonau
- Canada: Mont St. Anne
- Finland: Iso-Syöte, Pyha, Ruka, Saariselka, Salla, Yllas
- France: Chamonix, Courchevel, Isola 2000, La Plagne, Les Arcs, Morzine, Tignes, Val Thorens, Valmeinier
- Norway: Beitostolen, Geilo, Hafjell/Lillehammer
- Switzerland: Crans-Montana, Davos Klosters, Engelberg, Jungfrau region, Saas Fee, Verbier, Villars, Zermatt
Monday, October 13, 2008
Developed by East West Partners, The Westin Riverfront was designed by the architectural firm of Hornberger & Worstell of San Francisco in conjunction with OZ Architecture in Boulder, Colorado. The interior was designed by internationally recognized leader Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP.
The Westin Riverfront is being built "green" from the bottom up and is on track to become Colorado’s first high-end hotel to achieve LEED certification. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. All certified projects receive a LEED plaque, which is the nationally recognized symbol demonstrating that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable and a healthy place to live and work.
Westin Hotels & Resorts, with more than 150 hotels and resorts in more than 31 countries and territories, is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
"We hope that the endless possibilities that the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola offers will inspire community artists to create and take part in this historic launch", says Dave Brownlie, Whistler Blackcomb's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In many ways, the opening of the Gondola signifies a new birth, a new era in mountain access, and the beginning of a new chapter filled with the hundreds of stories that Whistler and Blackcomb mountains inspire each season. To capture all this in a piece of art is true genius, and I would be very honoured to showcase the winning artwork to all who take part in the launch".
Copies of the poster will be given away to guests attending the PEAK 2 PEAK grand opening event on December 12. The original artwork will be auctioned off at the 2009 TELUS Winter Classic/ Whistler Blackcomb Foundation Gala on January 25th, with proceeds going towards supporting non-profit organizations in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Entries that are not selected for the commemorative poster may still be used in an art exhibit at the Roundhouse Lodge on the weekend of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola opening.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
A modern (including a new Bi-cable ropeway) comfortable web of 21 lifts and cable cars power right up to an altitude of 3,250 m, guaranteeing terrific views extending up tp 100km. In addition to the two existing glacier buses, you can now also glide up to the magnificent peaks in the new Glacier Bus I from Hintertux to the Sommerbergalm.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Besides sports and activities, ski and snowboard equipment tests, live acts by the Beatstreet band and DJ music shows the ultimate Pub Crawl of countless pubs and bars in Sölden is scheduled on Friday and Saturday night.
Thanks to the Europa Test- & Exhibition Center at Rettenbach Glacier and the Salomon - Station Sölden is the only winter sports resort worldwide that runs an international Test Center comprising the most important partners all under one roof.
"Grab your winter sorts equipment" is the slogan - and off you go!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The glacier regions in Tyrol have long been renowned throughout the world to winter sports fans. Powder snow from October until May, snow guarantee, ski slopes full of variety and extremely comfortable service offerings win the acclaim of an international public with 5 top glacier ski areas above 3000 metres comprising a length of 150 kilometres.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
- Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- Vail, Colorado
- Telluride, Colorado
- Alta/Snowbird, Utah
- Alyeska, Alaska
- Aspen/Aspen Highlands, Colorado
- Big Sky, Montana
- Steamboat, Colorado
- Breckenridge, Colorado
"We survey our readers annually and ask them what they think is the best resort. But this year we tweaked the question. We asked readers where they would go if money were no object. Essentially, where they want to ski most", says Jake Bogoch, editor of Skiing Magazine. "The answer was Whistler Blackcomb. On a personal level, I get it. I've skied at Whistler for the past seven winters and can't seem to stay away".
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
"Base Camp at last!
Finally we have reached the Kangchenjunga Base Camp and it was not a walk in the park to get there. We were hoping for eight days of nice walking in the hills and mountains of eastern Nepal. Now 14 days later I know that the Kangchenjunga base camp trek is a bit more complicated than that.
First we were strolling in the sun along rice fields and banana plantations. Then came the Jungle with the leeches. The days got longer and the rainfalls got more frequent. As we moved up to higher altitude the weather and the terrain got nicer. Once in a while I even got a glimpse of a snow capped mountain. Our mood got better but that didn’t stop Jörgen from catching a cold. He got a sore throat and a bad cough that kept him a wake most of the night. To get rid of the cough Jörgen decided to stay a few days in the camp in Tseram (3700m) while the rest of the crew continued. During the trek we had about 20 porters that helped us carry our gear and food. When we came up to the Yalung Glacier that leads up to Kangchenjunga, about half of them didn’t want to continue. With only half the men it took us two days to travel the distance of a normal day. If that wasn’t enough, then came the snow. In one day we got 20 cm snow and that made the rest of the porters give up on us as well. Even though it gave us some problems I totally understand them. Walking on this glacier is no fun at all and 20 cm of snow doesn’t make it more exciting. It’s a mix of sand, rocks and ice and always up or down. Not a single flat spot. The gear the porters show up in is better suited for a sunny day on the beach than on a snowy glacier. I’m impressed that they made it as far as they did. Fortunate for us we were not far from base camp. Jörgen got well and caught up with us and together with our cooking crew: Buddhi, Kansha and Mon we could move up to Kangchenjunga Base Camp.
It feels great to be here at the foot of Kangchenjunga and the view of the beautiful mountains makes the long trek all worthwhile. After 14 days in the jungle and on the moraine Jörgen and I are getting very excited to take out the skis and head up to the snow".
Monday, October 6, 2008
KlimaHaus Gold exhibits the lowest energy consumption of the three classes, with a heating energy consumption less than 10kWh/m²a, requiring practically no active heating system. KlimaHaus Gold buildings are über-efficient buildings called Passive houses. The first Passive house in Südtirol dates from 1998.
Buildings with a heat consumption of less than 30kWh/m²a receive KlimaHaus A qualification, and buildings with a heating energy consumption of less than 50kWh/m²a KlimaHaus B qualification.
The highest KlimaHaus certification is KlimaHausplus. Awarded to residential buildings distinguished not only by energy-saving construction, but also by ecological construction methods and use of renewable energy for heat production. To qualify for KlimaHausplus certification, a building must fulfil the following criteria:
- Heating energy consumption under 50 kWh/m²a
- Heating fuelled by renewable energy sources
- Use of environmentally-friendly, non-health-damaging building materials
- Inclusion of at least one of the following measures: A photovoltaic system, solar panels for water heating and/or integrated with heating system, rainwater usage, green roof.
943 buildings have been certified as KlimaHaus in the Autonomous Province of Bozen/Bolzano, 12 of which have been certified as KlimaHaus Gold and 14 KlimaHaus Gold Plus. Of the 30 passive houses in Südtirol, 6 are in Pustertal/Val Pusteria, 5 in Burggrafenamt/Burgraviato, 4 in Überetsch-Unterland/Oltradige-Bassa Atesina, 2 in Bozen/Bolzano, 1 in Salten-Schlern/Salto-Sciliar, 4 in Eisack/Valle Isarco and 4 in Vinschgau Valley/Val Venosta.
KlimaHaus certification is performed exclusively by the KlimaHaus Agency. The cost of certification is paid directly to the agency by the applicant (usually the building owner), its price regulated by a fee schedule. The agency then pays the certifier for services rendered. All buildings certified with KlimaHaus categories Gold, A or B may display the corresponding KlimaHaus placard directly at the entrance, testifying to its low energy class.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
"EPH realizes that recognizing and dealing with its carbon footprint and sustainability is an integral part of their corporate responsibility. Secondly, as most of their international clientele are becoming increasingly aware of the impacts and magnitude of climate change, EPH has realized the opportunity to work together to offset the emissions of their holiday", the company said in a prepared statement.
Each client will receive a certificate from Planetair to signify that the proceeds have been invested in an energy project. These projects are managed by offset provider myclimate.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Fredrik Ericsson is one of the world’s leading high altitude skiers with ski descents on some of the highest mountains on earth, including; Peak Somoni, Shisha Pangma, Gasherbrum 2, Laila Peak and Dhaulagiri. Fredrik's partner on the expedition is Norwegian extrema skier Jörgen Aamot.
"I have already skied on three of the fourteen 8000-metre peaks, but now the aim is towards the absolute highest. The project spans over three years and I will try to ski the three highest mountains in the world, Kangchenjunga (8586m) this autumn, K2 (8612m) next summer and Mount Everest in the autumn of 2010" says Fredrik. Everest has claimed the lives of several skiers and boarders in the few years since it was first descended on skis and board.
The first big challenge starts now when Fredrik together with his Norwegian companion are going to the Himalayas. The mountain they plan to climb and ski – Kangchenjunga – lies on the border between Nepal and Indian state Sikkim. Kangchenjunga was assumed to be the highest mountain in the world for many years before the correct altitude of Mount Everest was established in 1849.
Kangchenjunga was first climbed in 1955 by a British team that included Joe Brown and George Band. Since then, around 200 climbers have reached the summit. But so far no Swede or Norwegian has climbed to the summit and no one has skied off the summit of Kangchenjunga.
"This means that we can become the first Swede and Norwegian to climb to the summit and also the first in the world to ski the mountain" says Fredrik
After a long journey by aeroplane, jeep and on foot they will end up on the Yalung glacier where they will set up base camp at an altitude of about 5300 meters. They will prepare for the big challenge over a period of three weeks during which they will undertake several acclimatising climbs. Mid October will see the duo start the hard climb to the top of Kangchenjunga.
"We will carry all our equipment; we have randonneboots on our feet and will not use supplemental oxygen. Therefore it’s harder for us to climb the mountain than for most of the other climbers" says Fredrik.
The climbing is mostly on a glacier, the route is long and serious and it’s extremely strenuous climbing at that altitude. Fredrik and Jörgen are planning to use four days from base camp to the summit and they will spend three nights in camps on the way. "On the summit day we start climbing at midnight and I believe it will take about 10 hours to reach the top" says Fredrik.
The ski descent, which is the highlight of the two month expedition, is expected to take five hours. The descent goes all the way down to base camp, has a vertical of almost 3300 metres and has very steep sections of up to 50 degrees inclination.
"To ski at 8000 meters is not easy. It’s extremely hard work and in the beginning we have to stop to rest after only a few turns. After four to five turns I’m as exhausted as after skiing 1000 vertical meters in the Alps" says Fredrik.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The resource is aimed at ski resort operators, hotels and chalets and other businesses in ski resorts including ski shops and restaurants.
Sue Hurdle, Chief Executive of the Travel Foundation, said: "We are delighted to be partnering the Ski Club of Great Britain in this leading initiative aimed at making our ski and snowsports holidays greener and more sustainable, and preserving the pristine mountain environment for future generations to enjoy as we do".
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Explore North was created to give visitors the chance to experience the magnificent cruising ground between Bergen and Spitsbergen in an eco-friendly manner. Formed from the merger of two ski and sail experts, for the 2009 season the company have two state-of-the-art, expedition equipped sailing yachts based in Bodø. "Our aim is to deliver the best experiences within sailing, skiing and mountaineering above the polar circle", says Sture Ellingsen, skipper on Lille Polaris, an aluminum-hull Koopmans 45. He and his wife Enid Ellingsen have run Sail and Ski expeditions into Norway's Lyngen Alps for a number of years, sharing the wonders of sailing and mountaineering on Lofoten, one of the most appealing islands in the world.
Explore North offers lifelong memories, adventures that combine sailing along the Norwegian coast with skiing and snowboarding in the Lyngen Alps. You will have the chance to climb to the summit of mountains that starts right at the seashore at the Norwegian coast and ski down again.